WORKING HARD AND PLAYING HARD was how Ms Violet Urn (left), 55, turned her struggle with cancer into a celebration of life. She hit the clubs and inspired several of her friends to do the same.
The woman who sparked the St James Power Station Ladies' Night debate, had a lot of spunk. She also had cancer but was determined to live life to the max
SHE was perhaps best known as the "over-35er" who took St James Power Station to task for denying her free Ladies' Night drinks at its Power house outlet in June because she had been deemed too old.
At the time, Ms Violet Lim's decision to fight for her right to party with all the promised perks sparked off a public debate on whether the move was ageist.
It eventually forced the club to create a new Ladies' Night at another of its outlets, the Bellini Room, to pacify "female patrons of all ages".
But the one detail that Ms Lint had not revealed at that time was driving her to live it up. She had cancer, the painful evidence of which was hidden by her wig arid favourite Gucci beret.
The florist and dating consultant died on Thursday after a 1 '/2-year fight with the disease. She was 55.
It was fitting, then, that a clear binder containing the newspaper arildes sparked off by the Powerhouse debacle sat in front of her coffin during the wake.
The binder was one of many that Ms Lim maintained over the years. Through it, friends and relatives got a glimpse of her spirit, strong to the very end.
Messages to Ms Lim written on sheets of scented yellow paper will fill the empty pages, said her daughter Ms Angela Sim, 31, the elder of two children.
"Aunty Violet," reads one, "crankup the volume and get the drinks ready... for that great big party in the sky."
"She lived life to the fullest and touched many of us," read another.
The florist, who also started a dating consultancy in 1999, first found a lump in one of her breasts in July 2006. Unlike her mother, who had not sought help early for her colon cancer and died in 1991, Ms Lim underwent a mastectomy and then chemotherapy.